The Home Orchard Handbook

The Home Orchard Handbook

A Complete Guide to Growing your Own Fruit Trees Anywhere

Book - 2011
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Quayside Pub Group

Crisp apples, tart lemons, lush figs, tender peaches—imagine the bounty of a late-summer farmer’s market, right in your backyard! Learning how to plant and care for fruit trees is a desirable, accessible activity for a wide range of people. It’s a natural extension of many gardeners’ repertoires, and the investment yields generations of results. Growing your own fruit ensures a fresh, delicious, abundant harvest for your family and friends for years to come. Fruit trees diversify a region’s agricultural landscape and ecosystems, attracting pollinating bees, songbirds, and other desirable visitors. And cultivating orchards on your own decreases your reliance on grocery store distribution channels and boosts sustainability.

Inside The Home Orchard Handbook, you'll find:

—Strategies for choosing your orchard's site, taking into consideration soil quality, sun exposure, microclimates, drainage, and more

—Information on plant selection, including what types of fruit trees do well in certain areas and how to decipher critical concepts such as "chill hours," "cultivars," "bareroot," and "cross-pollination"

—Guidance on aftercare, including in-depth watering, composting, and preventative care schedules to keep your backyard orchard fruitful for years

—Advice on troubleshooting diseases, conditions, and non-beneficial insects using only humane, organic remedies

—General tips on jamming, dehydrating, storing, and otherwise making the most of your orchard’s harvest with delicious recipes from chefs Tal Ronnen and Diana Stobo

Start growing your own fruit trees wherever you are with The Home Orchard Handbook!


Imagine the bounty of a late-summer farmer’s market, right in your backyard! Growing your own fruit ensures a fresh, delicious, abundant harvest for your family and friends for years!


Grand Central Pub

Crisp apples, tart lemons, lush figs, tender peaches—imagine the bounty of a late-summer farmer’s market, right in your backyard! Learning how to plant and care for fruit trees is a desirable, accessible activity for a wide range of people. It’s a natural extension of many gardeners’ repertoires, and the investment yields generations of results. Growing your own fruit ensures a fresh, delicious, abundant harvest for your family and friends for years to come. Fruit trees diversify a region’s agricultural landscape and ecosystems, attracting pollinating bees, songbirds, and other desirable visitors. And cultivating orchards on your own decreases your reliance on grocery store distribution channels and boosts sustainability.

Inside The Home Orchard Handbook, you'll find:

—Strategies for choosing your orchard's site, taking into consideration soil quality, sun exposure, microclimates, drainage, and more

—Information on plant selection, including what types of fruit trees do well in certain areas and how to decipher critical concepts such as "chill hours," "cultivars," "bareroot," and "cross-pollination"

—Guidance on aftercare, including in-depth watering, composting, and preventative care schedules to keep your backyard orchard fruitful for years

—Advice on troubleshooting diseases, conditions, and non-beneficial insects using only humane, organic remedies

—General tips on jamming, dehydrating, storing, and otherwise making the most of your orchard’s harvest with delicious recipes from chefs Tal Ronnen and Diana Stobo

Start growing your own fruit trees wherever you are with The Home Orchard Handbook!



Book News
This colorful illustrated guide to growing fruit trees at home provides detailed information on all aspects of amateur orchard keeping. Beginning with an overview of orchard principles and history, the volume covers site selection, planting processes, irrigation and fertilization, pruning and weeding, pest control and other optimization and troubleshooting topics, and harvesting, fruit preservation and produce uses. Additional chapters discuss extending the hobby into community and teaching opportunities. The work includes numerous color photographs and sidebars as well as several recipes. Akin is the director of the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation and Rottke is a certified arborist. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Beverly, Mass. : Quarry Books, c2011
ISBN: 9781592537129
159253712X
Characteristics: 192 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Rottke, Leah

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